Christmas is a good time to make things. I seem to like the idea of creating things from scratch more and more and I really want to learn to make my own clothes next year, I’m just not that great at arty, creative stuff. When it’s Christmas though, it doesn’t matter how substandard your craft work is, because CHRISTMAS. You can’t be mean about festive things, which brings me to these- gingerbread place settings.
Basically, they’re just gingerbread biscuits with names on that you can stick on your Christmas table. I’m sure you can get loads of amazing glittery, festive baking decorations, but I only had icing, so my practice ones were very casual. They were also SO easy and we had loads of leftover dough for late night biscuit eating. I’m going to get some edible glitter and fondant snowflakes for the real deal for the full festive experience.
You can’t really go wrong on baking gingerbread, it’s one of the easiest bakes you can do by chucking a few things together in a mixing bowl.
- 350g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2.5 tsp ground ginger
- 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
- 130g butter
- 165g light soft brown sugar
- 1 free-range egg
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
Sift together your bicarb of soda, flour, ginger and cinnamon, making sure all the lumps are gone. Melt the butter a little in the microwave, then add in and use your hands to combine until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
Beat the egg and syrup together, then add to the mixture and spoon in the sugar. Then use a hand blender to combine it into a thick dough. My nan says it’s very important to chill gingerbread- so stick it in the fridge for ten mins or so before you roll it out on a little flour and cut it up. I baked mine at 180 and they only took ten mins as the oven is fan assisted.Voila.